Pete Bouchard

Taste O' Summer

Posted by Pete Bouchard

We played games with the clouds all day long. With a weak system scooting offshore this morning, our winds (albeit light) favored a northeast component.

Translated: it was cooler than it could have been.

We'll get what meteorologists call "full sun potential" tomorrow. Granted, our days are short, but with such a mild airmass around, even a lil' sun could catapult us into 70 degree-land.

While that's something to holler about, it does nothing for the current dry spell. After a couple of months of spotty, brief, downpours and showers, New England is divided. Some have enough water, others are desperate. And remember, in urban settings 55% of the rainfall is runoff. That means only 45% makes it into the ground - and it's even less during a downpour!

So we need a soaking rain. Not in the cards anytime soon. Thankfully, the sun isn't strong, the vegetation so going to sleep, so there is very little evapotranspiration.

Time is short however. Once the winter sets in, the ground will be sealed off with frost and there will be very little chance for recharge (unless we have a wet/mild winter). We'll have to see how it all unfolds in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, enjoy the mild temperatures!



Chris Lambert

50/50 Weekend

Posted by Chris Lambert

We're off to an iffy start to the weekend as nuisance rain and wet snow moves across the area.  While it's not a well organized area of low pressure, it develops right near us midday, and that'll be enough for a tricky forecast.  Light to moderate  rain/snow is on and off early this morning with a heavier burst of precipitation possible late morning, through mid afternoon in eastern MA (11:00AM-3:00PM).

Posted 01/18/14, 6:54am
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Pete Bouchard

Final Days

Posted by Pete Bouchard

That's the way to get it done! Fine finish to the workweek as sun dominated and winds behaved.

I submit that is the one - and perhaps only - reason these days have felt springlike in this extended thaw. If the winds were gusty on a day like today, the sun (albeit a little stronger these days) is really no help.

Posted 01/17/14, 5:06pm
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Jeremy Reiner

Great Mid-Winter Weather

Posted by Jeremy Reiner

Nice mid-winter weather? Here's how I envision it:


*Mild temps (40 or higher)

*Little to no wind

That last bullet point (IMO) is probably the biggest when outside this time of year. After our morning fog lifts out of here all three of those criteria will be met this afternoon's Friday. #Winning.

Posted 01/17/14, 7:04am
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Pete Bouchard

Colder Temperatures Cometh

Posted by Pete Bouchard

As far as blah days go, this was the blahest.

Fog blanketed the area as winds remained light and variable. We're still looking at some fog, but the thickest part of it should only be during the first half of the night. After that, gentle winds should "mix out" some of the heavily fogged in areas.

Posted 01/16/14, 5:24pm
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